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The Spin I’m In: Puttin’ On the Hits

Great Music + Great Record Label = Great Hits

What a novel concept. I personally don't take this equation lightly. I'm not snooty about the charts. I love hearing great songs on Top 40 radio. Sadly, these days I feel lucky to just hear one. I know that there is great new music out there. I also know that most of it isn't getting to the masses.

Ahmet Ertegun who co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947 (with ten grand borrowed from his family dentist) died last night at the age of 83.

This cat knew how to get the goods to the masses. I had a blast going through I-Tunes with just some of the artists on Atlantic's stellar roster last night, especially the early R&B stuff. I bought a hell of a lot of songs, some of which are in The Spin playlist this week. "Oh yeah that one!…I love that song….so that's who did Jim Dandy" and on and on for hours.

There's a very good interview with Ertegun in Slate Magazine that you might want to check out:

Slate: What do you want for your legacy?

AE: I'd be happy if people said that I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music. 

I'd love to hear the Spin You're In in the comments section

The Spin I'm In playlist: Puttin' On the Hits

Song

Artist

iTunes

Napster

AMG

I'll Wait For You

Ruth Brown

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Swanee River Rock (Talkin' ‘Bout That River)

Ray Charles

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Jim Dandy

LaVern Baker

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A Lover's Question

Clyde McPhatter

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Don't Fight It

Wilson Picket

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Sweets For My Sweet

The Drifters

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Green Onions

Booker T. and the MGs

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Beyond The Sea

Bobby Darin

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Rock Steady

Aretha Franklin

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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